Hi, I’m Rachel Doherty, the founder of Tweens2teen
If you live or work with young people, then you’ll find plenty of great resources here to give you a hand.
The world is changing so quickly that the old ways of doing things don’t always work. We need to be savvy, giving kids the space to develop new ways of thinking and clever ways of doing life as they journey towards the grown up version of themselves.
Thanks for stopping by!
In 2018 I’m working on simplifying my life. I don’t know about you, but the juggle of working and caring for my family can sometimes get overwhelming. I’m looking to slow things down, savour the good times and build a bit of margin into my life.
Early this year I cared for my mum as she walked through her last day. When life is busy you can forget how much of a treasure each day is. Those precious moments with my mum showed me that I shouldn’t put off looking after myself, or doing the things that give me joy too. Tweens2teen is one of those things that make life good for me. I love writing and sharing what I’ve learned from 20+ years of being a social worker and parent.
So if you’re finding your life with young people a struggle at the moment, I hope you’ll find some of what I write helpful too!
Youth mental health is a big issue, but for parents, youth workers, families and friends, the little things you say and do can make the biggest difference.read more
Finishing school carries a lot of stress for teenagers. Where they’ve had some depression, anxiety or other mental ill-health, Year 12 can be too much.read more
What started as a weight loss goal became a journey of self-care. 20kg later, and its not just my body that’s changed, but my whole life.read more
Burnout is part of the job in the helping professions. School chaplains and youth workers need to be vigilant in spotting the signs.read more
Loyalty seems a discarded value in the 21st century world. But what if it’s essential to good family functioning and effective parenting?read more
There are some secrets to raising great teenagers that every parent should learn. Have you worked them out yet?read more
Coping skills are those things we do to manage stress and anxiety. Sometimes they help us and sometimes they don’t. The trick is to find strategies that not only help you cope with a crisis, but carry you to through it as well.read more
A midlife crisis sounds like a rite of passage, about the time we face the emptying nest and menopause. But there are points in life when circumstances force us to look deeper at what we do with our time, energy and money. And rather than having a crisis, it might be time to pivot.read more
Children and teenagers who play a sport will at some point decide to quit. Parents can avoid these common mistakes to make it a positive experience, not painful.read more